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Three Beer Gardens to Quench Your Thirst

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Beer and jams at Hofbrau’s beer garden

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Beethoven’s transports imbibers to Bavaria without leaving SA


The bartenders were attentive and more than willing to offer suggestions (try pairing the Resin IPA with the pork laarb) and as many samples as you’d like. While Tuk Tuk’s beer garden is a little light on the frills (none of the unique culture you might find at Beethoven’s, or beer flights you might find at a traditional brew pub), it does offer up what very few places can: inspired Asian street food to pair with more craft beers than you can count (well, that get harder to count the longer your stay).

 

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The Quarry Hofbrau & Beer Garden
7310 Jones Maltsberger
(210) 290-9017
quarryhofbrau.com

Outside of watching sports, the Quarry Hofbrau & Beer Garden is very much a jack of all trades, master of none. But being more of an outdoor sports bar than a beer pub is still a winning combination on Saturdays and Sundays in the fall. The beer garden area is by far the nicest of these three, with good lighting and fans for warmer weather, but it lacks some personality. Big screen TVs are set up inside and out, and the beer garden area has the largest one, a nice projection screen that provides a good view from most anywhere.

You won’t receive your masters in Germanic hops like you would at Beethoven’s, or run the varied gamut of tastes like you would at Tuk Tuk’s, but the 25 beers on tap and varied bottle offerings (29 of them!) are nothing to sneeze at. The bartenders are good when you can get their attention, but don’t expect to pick their brains and discover new libations. Depending on when you go, service ranges from above average to terrible.

Hofbrau’s other strength is its food selection, even if taste-wise, many options are forgettable. The garden offers something for just about any mood or craving, from steaks to burgers to salads. A nice pint of Bitburger with some jalapeno brisket nachos is a uniquely Hofbrau offering.

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